"Now, that's what I call a sticky situation."
— Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny, South Park
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- The Sailor Moon anime had several villains employ this as an attack, including one in the second season seemingly made of goo, Eudial in season 3, and the Amazoness Quartet in four. Strangely, they never seem to have trouble cleaning it out of their hair.
- Akihisa Yoshii of Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts accidentally superglues his hand to a table. It remains there for the entire episode, until he shatters it by slamming it on the ground.
- One Lupin III movie had the title character using a bazooka loaded with a sticky bomb to immobilize several pursuing ships (gluing them to each-other, not the water).
- Ranma ½ has a story where Principal Kunō tries to force the students to prostrate themselves before him. One of his tricks is to coat the floor with glue, leaving several of the cast stuck on their hands and knees. Ranma, rather than let himself be humiliated in such a way, rips the entire floor out of the ground.
- The Tenchi Muyo! manga had a pair of alien criminals breaking into the Masaki houehold to steal a priceless artifact nobody knew was valuable, easily bypassing Washu's most ingenious security traps. When they try again the next day, she's augmented them with tiger pit traps, swinging spiked balls, and a floor coated in glue, none of which the pair had gadgets to deal with. This is all in the Masaki's living room.
- Sakuramochi-nesan from Anpanman throws plain, uncoated mochi at her enemies. Thanks to having no coating, it's horribly sticky, sticking enemies (and sometimes others that attempt to copy her ability) to each other and gumming up Baikinman's robots. Since Sakuramochi-nesan's made out of mochi (and has very quick throwing reflexes), she can handle and launch it without any consequences.
- In Nichijou, one of the Professor's backfiring inventions is a massive jar of glue that gets her, Nano, and Sakamoto all stuck in the hallway until someone can save them.
- In My Hero Academia, Minoru Mineta's superpower is pulling sticky balls off his head and sticking them to things. They are incredibly bouncy to Mineta himself but are very adhesive to everything else. It's not the flashiest superpower, but they can make for a very effective and reliable trap to immobilize opponents.
- In Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, an out-of-control AI Spider Tank proves unstoppable by an means Section 9 tries until Aramaki browbeats the president of the company that made the tank into turning over the top secret research and development data on it (by pointing out that having an uncontrollable combat vehicle with the company's name on it means that it's basically unsellable now anyway). The way to beat it turns out to be a BFG that fires an exceptionally sticky material that gums up the tank's joints.
- The Trapster, a.k.a. Paste Pot Pete centers his whole shtick around this trope. In one case he made a stairway out of glue to flee a building, daring Spider-Man to follow, who simply swung over the trap with his webbing.
- Not learning from PPP's failure, Mr Stone, one half of a B-List merc team, tries to slow down the wall-crawler by using his Swiss Army Weapon to coat the entire floor in glue so as to give his life-draining partner Mr. Styx a chance to use his touch of death. Spider-Man easily leaps out of his boots onto the ceiling.
- On the flip side, Spidey will occasionally use this on his foes, laying down sticky webbing in a spot to keep them where they are. He's more likely to do this if he has time to set up, and then generally on more street-level foes (as anyone with Super Strength will be able to just pull away).
- Astro City has an Expy of the Trapster called Glue Gun.
- Proving there's more than one way to take a girl out, Green Arrow's first use of his glue arrow was in a battle against future wife Black Canary.
- Empowered features Sistah Spooky coming upon the aftermath of the title character's disastrous encounter with Glue Gun Gil, considered to be the all-time lamest villain in the city next to Ladder Master.
- In a comic book story of The Smurfs, Gargamel creates a treat that ends up trapping a Smurf that touches it, but as Gargamel runs over to where he has set the trap, he also gets stuck in the trap, and so do birds, a cow, and several other things on his way home. Papa Smurf makes a potion that frees everything that got stuck in the trap — everything, that is, except for Gargamel, which Papa Smurf has no more potion for, but he does leave a recipe for the formula for Gargamel to make up.
- Disney Ducks Comic Universe: In a Carl Barks story, Donald Duck and his nephews invent a glue and invite Uncle Scrooge for a celebration at a bar. Upset at them for spending money before knowing if they'll ever make any from marketing the glue, Scrooge used it to stick their money at their hands, which forced him to pay. Later on, taking advantage of the fact the glue only sticks things on people, spread some at Scrooge's money to catch the Beagle Boys.
- Two Tintin books (The Calculus Affair and Flight 714) feature a line of people in succession trying to flick a strip of sticking plaster off their hand. Whenever they succeed, it flies onto the next person, and so on.
- In one Calvin and Hobbes strip, when trying to assemble a plastic model Calvin got glue on his hands while Hobbes obliviously mused about the tri-lingual instructions.
- A week long arc in FoxTrot involved Paige and Jason having their faces stuck together by experimental bubblegum.
- For their pranks, The Katzenjammer Kids tend to use an extremely effective superglue which will always get their victim stuck immediately and completely. However, the kids' rival Rollo often happens to be nearby with a kettle of hot water.
- In Amazing Fantasy, Izuku embarrasses himself on his first day back at school when his Wall Crawling powers develop, sticking a flyer to his hand without him meaning to and struggling to get it off. He quickly manages to get the hang of it and turn it off, but not before several of his classmates gawk at him on their way inside. After destroying his desk by accident with his newly developed Super Strength, the pieces stick to his hands on reflex.
Films — Animation
- The LEGO Movie features this with the Kragle (Krazy Glue with some of the letters faded), which is used to trap victims in permanent stasis so that Lord Business can have the orderly world he's always wanted. Unlike most examples, it's Played for Drama, even becoming a Tear Jerker when Bad Cop is coerced into using it against his own parents.
- In The Simpsons Movie, Homer's hand gets temporarily stuck to his pants with super glue during a Badass Boast.
- One of the best-remembered segments in Song of the South is about the Tar Baby. (You thought it meant something else?)
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Rollercoaster of Friendship: Micro Chips, in his role of Caramel Apple "girl", is soon shown having trouble with the stuff and ends up bogged down in sticky caramel.
Micro Chips: Do you by any chance have a knife or samurai sword or several tiny but very sharp nail clippers?
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has Miles having problems when he's first experiencing his spider powers, as his hands repeatedly get stuck to various objects and he has no idea how to turn the "cling to walls" power off.
- Most notably, when unwittingly touching Gwen's hair and staying stuck to them, leading to a weird dance in the middle of the hallway with the students looking, where Miles is pulling her around while Gwen resists and urges him to stop, and certainly NOT to pull harder. This finally ends up in the nurse's office, where Gwen has to cut some of her hair (leaving a hand-shaped mark in them; her hair remains asymmetrical for the rest of the film), leaving Miles with a handful of blond hair which he still can't pry from his fingers.
- Another time, inside Olivia's office, Miles has trouble coming down from a light fixture on the ceiling, and when Peter tells him to just try and do what he does to relax, Miles starts poorly singing Post Malone's "Sunflower", to Peter's chagrin. And when he finally gets unstuck in the middle of a verse, Miles botches the landing hard.
Peter: [slumping his shoulders] Teenagers are just the worst.
Films — Live-Action
- Fatty Arbuckle's short The Butcher Boy gets a lot of mileage from a pail of molasses.
- Charlie Chaplin's A Day's Pleasure features fresh asphalt.
- Buster Keaton uses this gag a lot.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Judge Doom punches a container of glue and gets it on his fist. He then accidentally hits a steam roller and gets stuck to it. He steps in the glue and when he tries to push off the steamroller with his foot, gets that stuck to it as well. He's eventually run over by the steamroller, but he survives because he's a toon.
- In Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Jamieson delivers Freddy to a party of sailors on shore leave who Freddy had earlier attempted to deceive. The next morning, we see that he has apparently gotten along with them just fine, casually leaning with his hand against a doorframe as the last of them leaves the room. He then asks Jamieson to get his hand un-superglued from the door frame.
- In The Man with Two Brains, Dr. Hfuhruhurr consults with his boss, who spends the conversation with his index fingers placed pensively against his upper lip. At the end of the conversation, the doctor asks when the operation to separate his fingers from his lip will happen, and notes that superglue is something you have to be careful with.
- In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Clark and his wife go to bed after he just cut down a pine tree, coating his hands in sap.
- IIRC one of the GIs in Saving Private Ryan gets a sticky bomb stuck to his hand just before it's about to detonate. YMMV on how funny that is.
- American Pie 2 has this with Jim's hand and a pornography tape. Then again, since this happened when he mistook superglue for lubricant, he was more worried about what his other hand was glued to.
- Happens to The Three Stooges in the movie The Outlaws Is Coming.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master had Debbie, who is deathly afraid of roaches, being turned into one by Freddy, which led to her walking into a giant roach motel. Most definitely not played for laughs (unless you're Freddy).
- Cactus Jack does this in The Villain (which is, in places, basically a live-action Road Runner cartoon). He paints the railroad tracks with glue, and his targets roll over it in their wagon to no effect. Furious, he runs after them... only to be stuck in the glue and hit by a train.
- In Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, the direct-to-video sequel of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Wayne manages to accidentally shrink himself, his brother, and their wives to the size of cockroaches. Of course, they end up fleeing from a real cockroach into a Roach Motel-like glue trap. Wayne has made a hobby of disassembling these traps for some reason, and knows there's a clear path through which they can safely pass to the other side. His wife, freaking out over being attacked by a giant cockroach, manages to step in the glue and get stuck, with the cockroach biting at her, until Wayne comes back and pulls her free.
- In Into the Woods' version of Cinderella's tale, she loses one of her slippers when she gets stuck in pitch that Prince Charming had spread on the palace stairs to prevent her escape. Later, the survivors lure the woman giant into a sticky puddle as the first step in their plan.
- The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob: In a sequence inside a bubblegum factory, Victor Pivert falls into a huge vat of liquid bubblegum. Afterward, he has some trouble with stuff sticking to him, including the buttons of a phone or the chair he sits into.
- Laurel and Hardy: In "Busy Bodies", Stan hits Ollie in the face with a glue-covered brush; it sticks permanently to his chin. Eventually Stan has to cut and then shave it, as if it were a beard.
- Blues Brothers: "This is glue. Strong stuff." Elwood uses a canister of marine epoxy resin on the Good Old Boy's trailer, specifically the accelerator, meaning when they start chasing the brothers, they run into a "little problem": accelerating out of control and eventually crashing into a lake.
- In Home Alone, one of the traps that Kevin sets for the bad guys involves coating the basement stairs with tar. Marv gets caught on the first two with his shoes, the second two with his socks, and then steps on shingles with expose nails, giving him Agony of the Feet for the rest of the movie.
- In Alice in Murderland, the killer uses superglue to stick Donna to the toilet. She loses large chunks of her ass cheeks when she is pulled free.
- Adrian Mole ends up with a model aeroplane glued to his nose at one point, prompting accusations that he was trying to sniff it.
- Dirk Gently: In The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, the Norse god Thor gets glued to the floor by an obnoxious demon who took one of Odin's orders literally. He has his hammer Mjölnir smash the floor apart to free himself, but is left with bits of floorboard stuck to his back.
- The Martian. Mark Watney, when repairing his space helmet's Broken Faceplate, applies resin designed for suit repairs that solidifies in 60 seconds with his fingers, and holds the patch he uses to make the repair on with said fingers as it dries. Hilarity Ensues.
- The title character of the Roald Dahl book Matilda glues her father's hat to his head. She also mentions the boy down the road who got Superglue on his finger and then tried to pick his nose, with disastrous results.
- In one story in the Paddington Bear books, called: "A Sticky Time", has this as the end result of Paddington's disastrous at making toffee, getting the gunk all over the kitchen as well as all over Paddington himself. The situation gets serious when it appears that the toffee is wrecking havoc on Paddington's digestive system, but fortunately it turned out that it was just toffee that had dripped onto Paddington's stomach.
- Windrunner Radiants in The Stormlight Archive have the ability to bind two objects together with a temporary but virtually unbreakable bond. Often used for comedy, especially when Kaladin is learning his powers and practices by gluing his squadmates to random walls.
- Played for horror in The Walker in the Cemetery, a Cthulhu Mythos short story by Ian Watson. Cthulhu is stalking and killing a group of humans For the Evulz, with one victim caught by a transparent glue the same color as the ground he's walking on. Cthulhu comes for him as he's unlacing his sneaker to jump free.
- Whateley Universe: As part of Imp's payback on the Quirky Miniboss Squad which had teamed up to kill her (composed of supervillains and disgraced ex-superheroes whose careers she'd ruined), she tracks them to the hotel they are staying in; while they are sleeping, she chloroforms each of them, then superglues them all to their beds (when she runs out of glue for the last one, she force-feeds him laxatives, instead), before calling the police. Shown here.
- Men Martians And Machines. Combined with When Trees Attack — one crewman gets swotted by a huge leaf, then carried up into the branches where he's covered in sticky sap. The others use a Ray Gun to cut the branch and then carry him to safety on the leaf, only to find they're stuck as well. When a photographer decides to mock their Sticky Situation, the android J-20 'accidentally' knocks him onto the leaf too.
- On Boy Meets World, Cory, Shawn and Topanga get superglued to their classroom desks as part of an Escalating War.
- In The Bugaloos episode #6 "If I Had the Wings of a Bugaloo", Benita Bizarre's well camouflaged flypaper glue disks traps Courage and Joy for a while.
- An episode of The Captain and Tennille (a '70s variety show) has a superglue salesman demonstrating his product then accidentally getting his hand stuck to the hand of a pretty housewife. Then her husband came home and his hands got stuck around the salesman's neck.
- In one episode of Cheers, Cliff wins the bar beard-growing competition by super-gluing a fake beard to his face. He then calls a doctor about getting the beard removed, and gets some very bad news: "...Can that be done on an out-patient basis?"
- In Gilligan's Island there are two episodes where this occurs:
- In the episode "Goodbye Island", the group accidentally discover a new glue when they attempt to use the sap of a local tree to create pancake syrup. They then try to use it to repair their boat. Very clumsily, of course.
- In the episode "Beauty Is as Beauty Does" the group holds a beauty contest between the three women. During the talent portion Mary Ann is to perform a dance routine, and Mr. Howell tries to sabotage it by pouring glue onto the stage. Mary Ann, of course, steps right in it, becoming instantly stuck and loses her shoe (which is still stuck in place in a later scene).
- Home Improvement:
- Tim gets his head stuck to a board while demonstrating Binford's Miracle Glue.
- In a different episode, he gets both of his hands stuck to a toilet tank's interior wall.
- I Love Lucy: In the episode "The Moustache", when Ricky grows a mustache that Lucy dislikes, she dons a false beard in protest. It's accidentally attached with Bulldog Cement ("Holds fast forever. Will not let go. Can only be removed with Bulldog Cement Remover Number Three") instead of spirit gum.
- In Lucille Ball's later sitcom Life With Lucy, her character (yet again named Lucy) becomes stuck to Curtis after a mishap while trying to glue a lamp back together.
- Our Miss Brooks: In the episode "Living Statues", Mr. Conklin orders Miss Brooks to fix the cracks and scratches on his office walls. Joined by Walter and Mr. Boynton, Miss Brooks redoes his office using a clear paint invented by Walter in the school lab. Unfortunately, Walter unknowingly added liquid cement to his concoction . . .
- Happens in an episode of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger when Chiaki and Ryuunosuke become glued together by the Monster of the Week. Which naturally carried over into the Power Rangers Samurai version of the episode. Given the franchise's predilection for puns, it was naturally titled "A Sticky Situation".
- The Slammer: In one episode, the Governer, Mr Burgess, Gimbert and Peter have to host the Freedom Show stuck together after Gimbert uses the 'Dangerously Sticky Glue' to repair the showtime lever.
- The main plot in the Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em episode "Wendy House". Walking Disaster Area Frank Spencer has been using superglue to build furniture to replace the items that were destroyed when he and his wife Betty moved to their new house, and is waiting for a bus with a chair he has just made. Also waiting for a bus are an elderly woman who is feeling a bit giddy and her son, who helps her into the chair before Frank can point out that it is made with superglue; inevitably, she gets stuck to it, then the son gets stuck to the bus stop sign after handling the tube of superglue. Frank tries to enlist the help of the conductor of the bus when it arrives, but soon they are both stuck to the chair. When all four of them are taken to Accident and Emergency, they find Frank's DIY instructor, who got superglued to the classroom telephone.
- Deputy Andy Brennan runs afoul of a roll of Scotch tape in Twin Peaks.
- Done with a zombie mask on Victorious, when Tori's ditzy friend uses the wrong glue. She is supposed to be the lead in the play that night, and ends up performing her entire (serious) part wearing the zombie mask. With the author of the play in the audience.
Myths & Religion
- One of the stories about Anansi, spider trickster-spirit of Africa, involves an enemy of his using a "tar baby", a scarecrow-like moppet made of sticky, to catch the trickster. Anansi gets angry when the tar baby won't talk to him, tries to punch it, and gets stuck fast.
African-Americans during the slavery period mixed this story with the Br'er Rabbit cycle, putting the title Rabbit in the starring role and making the tar baby a creation of Br'er Fox. Sadly, those tales are almost forgotten in modern America, especially because Disney's Song of the South has been put into permanent storage due to Values Dissonance and meddling from political correctness authorities. It's gotten to the point that even modern people who've heard of the tar baby story think it's some sort of archaic racist remark, when it's nothing of the sort.
- The Muppet Show: In the Gilda Radner episode, Dr. Honeydew's superglue spills all over the stage and characters keep getting glued to everything. By the end of the show, everyone is stuck in one big ball. In addition, during their closing scene, it's revealed the glue got onto Staler and Waldorf's balcony, and they get stuck, prompting them to say, "Oh, no!"
- Mentioned in Allegra's Window, Reed recalls how when Rondo and Riff were younger and playing Hide and Seek, Reed found them both in a pot of glue and they ended up stuck together for a week.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- Among D&D monsters making good use of glue are the mimics, which pseudopods can stick very efficiently to immobilize their victims, and also un-stick at will.
- The sovereign glue is a classic magic item that creative PCs can put to multiple uses. It takes another magical fluid, the salve of slipperiness, just to prevent it from sticking to its container. And it is safer to have yet another magical fluid, the universal solvent, at hand whenever you're using sovereign glue, to avoid embarrassing accidents.
- 3.0, 3.5 (and some other versions?) have Tanglefoot Bags, alchemical items that burst open when thrown, miring the target to a mild degree.
- Pathfinder has a few monsters that can do this. The Adherants are mummy-like creatures wrapped in layers of extremely sticky fibers. Any melee weapon used on them risks becoming stuck to it, as any player using a bare-handed attack. Giant Flail Snails can also leave behind a trail of glue-like mucus that can trap unwary PCs.
- One Paranoia module has a bunch of indestructible Commie pamphlets that keep showing up, until the Troubleshooters finally get superglued to them (and each other). At least it lets them survive a laser cannon blast.
- In Kill Dr Lucky, one failure is that the pc's feet momentarily and inexplicably become stuck.
- Monster Madness: One of the myriad of weapons was the Glue Cannon, which fired a puddle of goop onto the ground in which ground-based enemies, as well as your fellow players, can get caught (though it mostly only slows them down). As long as the player has the weapon equipped, he/she wears boots that makes him/her immune to becoming stuck in glue.
- Red Alert 3: Paradox: The GOOP, the Allies' other non-lethal weapon of choice after the Freeze Ray, works by trapping enemies in sticky pink foam.
- Revolution 1986: Some levels contain adhesive surfaces, and touching them will cause the bouncing ball to stop bouncing.
- Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal: Near the end, when Guybrush's demonic hand acts up and prevents him from telling Winslow what to do, Guybrush cleverly devises a way to stop the situation by opening up the tar barrel and trapping his hand in sticky tar (he even says, "That's what I call a sticky situation!" while looking at the tar puddle again).
- Chex Quest is a game whose entire enemy roster are sticky slime creatures that try to cover you in sticky slime to defeat you.
- Weaponized in Pokémon with the move Sticky Web, which places the aforementioned entry hazard on the opponent's battlefield side. From that moment, every opposing Pokemon who isn't Flying-type or has Levitate ability will have its Speed reduced by 1 point upon entering the battle.
- The Resident Evil series has several enemies that use sticky substances to immobilize the player character. Resident Evil 5 had a bat/scorpion creature that shot sticky slime out of its tail, and Resident Evil 6 has strong mutated enemies which spit sticky mucus. The player character has to fight to break free.
- Folklore has a class of enemies that releases sticky mucous. The stuff ensnares the player character, who has to fight to escape.
- In the Home Alone Licensed Game for the Sega Genesis, one of the traps Kevin can set in one of the five houses is tar, which can slow Harry and Marv down when they walk across it. He can also assemble a glue gun to use against Harry and Marv and temporarily stun them.
- In Spider-Man (PS4) Spider-Man can use his webshooters, as well as special devices like Impact Webbing and Web Bombs to web enemies to walls and other surfaces. Webbing someone up while they're next to a wall or webbing them then throwing them into a wall instantly defeats them.
- One of the mini-games in the PC adaptation of Monopoly Jr. involves a bumper car popping balloons within a time limit. In the second level of the mini-game, Mr. Monopoly's nephew, Andy will toss cotton candy onto the floors, causing the bumper car to slow down if it drives over it.
- In a promotional web short for Up, Russell has problems handling Band-Aids, which keep getting stuck to his fingers.
- Harvey Rothman's "Foxy gets Hooked" suggests that the reason that the security guard in Five Nights at Freddy's can't move around is because someone put glue on his chair. He stays stuck to it for the whole video, forcing him to crawl home.
- From Rusty and Co., Mimic has the standard adhesive ability of a D&D mimic, but employs it very rarely since, as he puts out, "If a ragin' axe-wieldin' berzerker's comin' at ya... gluin' y'self TO him isn't your best strategy!" He puts it to good use during a Gnomish Baseball match, though, turning into the ball and getting the whole opposing troll team stuck together.
- The Wulfenbach Sentinels from Girl Genius can spray some kind of black super adhesive as a non-lethal restraining round. Agatha ends up cutting off the lower half of a pair of pants and leaving some boots behind to get out of some only to end up stuck to another character she doesn't care for who also got hit with the stuff. Luckily Violetta figures which solvent she's carrying works on it quickly.
- Played for Drama in Sam & Fuzzy when Hazel finally reaches The Pit. The Tar begins sticking to her in a manner resembling this trope, but instead of wacky hijinx as she tries to get it off The Tar pulls her into The Pit, killing her.
- In The Simpsons episode "Lost Our Lisa", Bart decides to glue some novelty items to his face with industrial strength adhesive. Eventually Dr. Hibbert removes the items by making Bart sweat, as apparently human sweat is great at dissolving glue.
- The Flintstones has an episode "Glue For Two", Fred tries to invent a drink which instead turns into a very sticky goo. He and Barney mutually get their hand stuck to the same bowling ball and had to break it with a chisel. He later tries to invent a new batch, only to realize it only got sticky because he added 'Rockbaum's Steel Grip Glue'
- In Family Guy Stewie and Brian spent most of an episode glued together.
- In the TaleSpin episode "Stuck on You", Baloo and Don Karnage are stuck together by a very sticky glue. They had to work together to retrieve the solvent before the glue will set permanently.
- In the Squirrel Boy episode "The Rod Squad," an escalating situation involving sticky buns ends up with most of the cast stuck together in a huge ball.
- Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner uses this many times. It may perhaps be Wile E. Coyote's most recurring trap.
- In "Out and Out Rout", Wile E. Coyote sets up a glue trap which he gets stuck in and gets flattened by a steamroller.
- In "Ready, Set, Zoom", he sets up even more glue, but the Road Runner runs right over the stuff and splashes him with it, which gets the dynamite he was holding stuck to his hands.
- In "Zoom at the Top", he coats a boomerang with glue and gets it stuck to his hand.
- In "Rushing Roulette", he sets another glue trap. The outcome is what you expect.
- Totally Spies! uses this trope many times
- In "Here Comes the Sun", the episode's villain amplifies the Sun's heat which melts the tar road and causes the spies' feet to get stuck.
- In "I, Dude", Jerry gives the spies' a super sticky hair pomade as a gadget. Alex accidentally squirts it on him and he gets his hand stuck to his head. She later uses it on some henchmen as well.
- In "Creepy Crawly Much?", the girls get trapped in a human-sized roach motel.
- The Animaniacs Warner 65th Anniversary Special has Daffy Duck recounting an incident where the Warner Kids made a movie themselves where they use the flypaper gag, which he admits was funny, but ran several hours too long.
- The Teen Titans episode 'Fractured' has a minor villain getting hold of some Reality Warper powers, and Raven, having been knocked into the ocean, can't fly out because the water has turned into glue.
- Happens in the classic Disney short "Playful Pluto", when Pluto gets stuck on a sheet of fly paper and has a hard time getting it off. (This scene is used prominently in Sullivan's Travels, inspiring the main character's epiphany about the power of laughter.) The scene is remade in "Beach Picnic", where Pluto's struggles are animated exactly the same but in color and higher quality.
- The Smurfs:
- In "Hogatha's Hearth Throb", Gargamel tries to trap the Smurfs in a sticky glue trap, only to end up trapping Hogatha. She demands to be freed from the trap, but Gargamel tells her to get herself out. Hogatha does, but she uses her magic to put Gargamel into his own sticky trap.
- In the episode "Stuck On Smurfs", Gargamel casts a spell that causes the Smurfs to get stuck to each other, which Papa Smurf uses to his advantage by having the stuck Smurfs stick on Gargamel, forcing him to come up with a counter-spell that frees him and all the other Smurfs. They then trap Gargamel in an actual glue trap.
- In "Shamrock Smurfs", Brainy sets up a glue trap for a leprechaun but ends up trapping the other smurfs.
- In "The Smurfs That Time Forgot", the smurfs get stuck in a tar pit.
- In "Hefty's Heart", Gargamel traps the smurfs on the table by using glue.
- In an episode of Chowder, the title cat... bear... thing gets some Grubble Gum. Unfortunately, it gets stuck on his face, then his body, then to Mung Dahl, Schnitzel, Truffles, a random bear, and eventually all of Marzipan City. Bonus points for playing the Katamari Damacy theme in the background.
- The plot of an entire episode of Kick Buttowski called "Hand in Hand" where the titular character gets stuck together with Kendall due to cave sap... the only way to get them unstuck is by using the anti-sticky agent in Kendall's boyfriends garage.
- In an episode of Danger Mouse, the heroes are superglued to a roller coaster of doom. Hilarity Ensues when they describe to Colonel K how they escaped it.
- In "Gone to Pieces", Taz's attempts to mend a broken vase end up with the vase stuck to the table, and then Taz stuck to the vase.
- In "Bewitched Bob", Taz's little brother hallucinates Taz as an alien and shoots him with a glue gun, sticking him to the wall.
- In "Mutton For Nothing", Taz is glued to a target as punishment for trying to steal sheep.
- Happens to The Powerpuff Girls in "A Sticky Situation" (their Whoopass Girls short), "Something's A Ms." and "Stray Bullet."
- Mr. Bogus:
- This happens to Ratty and his rottweiler accomplice, after getting squirted with a bottle of glue (thanks to Brattus), in the first act of the episode "Totally Bogus Video".
- Ratty (again) and Mole both fall victim to this by the weasel mobster pair in the second act of the episode "Bogus Private Eye".
- Five of the Squirrel Scouts from the cartoon Camp Lazlo mistook Raj for a yeti because he was covered in liquid marshmallow & start chasing after him. They later find out their little mistake & decide to return to their cabins... only to find their feet stuck in the same material that Raj used to be covered in.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- "Fall Weather Friends" features a scene where Applejack cheats by kicking down a bucket harvesting maple sap, causing it to spill onto the trail and gluing Rainbow Dash. It's unusually stretchy, requiring Rainbow to slingshot herself in order to snap the sticky sap.
- "Ponyville Confidential" has Snips and Snails getting their rears stuck together by bubblegum. When this ends up on the newspaper, they willingly demonstrate it for their classmates (despite still having patches of fur missing from the earlier incident) because they are such class clowns.
Sweetie Belle: Snips and Snails and bubblegum fail.
- The Changelings in "A Canterlot Wedding" have the ability to capture their victims in a sticky goop, trapping Celestia inside a cocoon, subduing the royal guards, and trapping Cadance to the floor.
- In "Make New Friends but Keep Discord", the Smooze's slime is (thankfully) not corrosive, but it is extremely adhesive. We see Rainbow Dash getting entirely unable to take flight once her hooves are glued to the floor by it, despite her efforts. Also, Fluttershy and Tree Hugger end up stuck against a glass window by the slime, Tree Hugger upside-down (not that she seems to care...).
- In "It Isn't the Mane Thing About You", Pinkie Pie kicks off the episode's plot by spraying the inside of Sugarcube Corner with super-sticky celebration string. Rarity gets a brush stuck in her mane, and Pinkie ends up using a crowbar to detach the Cake twins from the floor.
- In an episode of SheZow, SheZap coats the city with "Toxic Tangle Hair Gel", sticking dozens of cars to the road. When SheZow and Maz arrive on-scene to assist, they both immediately manage to get their feet stuck in the stuff.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy has them as well.
- In the episode "Know it all Ed", after the Eds spent their Canadian Squirt Gun ammo, the Kankers retaliated by squirting a sticky concoction version of Crankshaft #5 at the Eds' feet, getting them stuck fast for the Kankers to kiss them at the end of the episode.
- "The Day The Ed Stood Still" has Ed sticking the other kids' to the wall Alien-style by chewed up cereal. Sara even gets stuck trying to peel Jimmy off the wall.
- "For Your Ed Only" has a furious Sara stick the Ed's to Johnny with gum
- Miraculous Ladybug:
- In the episode "Horrificator", the eponymous monster's goo can neutralize both Ladybug and Cat Noir by sticking them to walls on a direct hit. They're in a hurry to escape before it hardens. Cat Noir even calls the trope by name in the English dub.
- In the episode "Dark Cupid", Ladybug uses a sticky weapon to get Dark Cupid's hand stuck to his bow so he can't fire any more.
- The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Jack Sprat steals the Seven League Boots and becomes untouchable thanks to the Super Speed they bestow... until Puss lays some glue down to trip him up.
- Dinotrux: In "Gluphosaurs", the Gluphosaurs can spit an extremely powerful glue that is nearly impossible to break. In a short fight with them they manage to stick all of the main cast together in one big pile.
- Atomic Puppet: In the episode "Atomic Goo", AP accidentally glues himself to Joey's hand, resulting in the two getting stuck in superhero mode. Hilarity Ensues as Joey has to hide his secret identity from his family and at school, while AP has to put up with the troubles of being stuck on Joey's hand all day (such as Joey grabbing a hot oven tray) and tries to act own his accord.
- Little Bear :
- The episode "Little Bear's Kite", Little Bear's grandfather is teaching him how to make a kite. Problems start to arise when they try to glue the frame of the kite to the paper.
- The episode "Balloon Heads" has Owl pop a huge bubble gum bubble and then get stuck between 2 trees by the mess.
- On Wishfart, Akiko has a tendency to get stuck up in gum, as it's the only physical substance that sticks to ghosts in the show's universe. It should come as no surprise then that her archenemy is none other than the Gum King.
- Il était une fois... la Vie: The episode about the pollutant toxins shows the (anthropomorphized) enzyme responsible for gluing the RNA ribbons struggling with his big glue stick, ending up spreading the stuff everywhere and getting stuck in it.
- This Krazy Glue ad is not an illusion — but note the carefully prepared surfaces.
- Apparently, it's not unheard of for people to visit an emergency room after mistaking a tube of superglue for personal lubricant. (OW.)
- The Sticky Bomb was a real ally weapon in WW2. It resembled a German stick grenade but with the end coated in glue, to be tossed on the weak-parts on enemy tanks. Pulling the pin would pop the end off, revealing the sticky end and arming the device, and having one where the glue leaked onto the handle was a very real possibility.
- Police have experimented with a sticky foam gun as a method of non-lethal urban pacification. Besides the obvious cleanup issue is the risk of accidentally (or not) shooting someone in the face.
- Some predators create sticky traps to capture prey, or exploit pre-existing ones:
- Spider webs are an obvious example. Spitting spiders take it a step further: they spray venomous, liquid silk from their fangs that immobilizes and envenoms their prey.
- Velvet worms, soft-bodied primitive cousins of arthropods, hunt by spraying streams of glue at smaller invertebrates to stick them to the ground.
- There is a hazard in nature called a predator trap, where animals can get hopelessly stuck in thick mud or sticky tar (or in some cases, quicksand). Their corpses attract the attention of predators, whom also get mired while feasting on them. The La Brea Tar Pits are arguably the most famous, as well as a paradise for paleontologists.
- The Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919, when a molasses tank burst and a wave of molasses traveling at 35 mph covered a large portion of the city, killing 21 people. It's rumored that to this day, when it gets particularly warm, some can still smell the molasses, nearly 100 years after the disaster.
- Certain glues are used to capture pests.
- Victims of Parkinson's disease sometimes describe their inability to walk with ease by saying it's like having their feet glued to the floor.
- Gerald Durrell noted that African kids which caught birds for him employed a special glue cooked from various jungle plants. He noted that it was an amazing method of birdcatching as it was completely harmless: unlike various snares, the glue didn't risk breaking bird's bones, and it could be easily washed off or would just dry and fall off in a few hours. A larger, stronger bird would struggle free, though.
- In Danish, the expression "at hoppe på limpinden" (to jump on the glue-stick) means to be tricked, referencing the practice of poaching small birds through the use of gluetraps.
- Trees of Genus Pisonia are known as birdcatcher trees because their sticky seeds adhere themselves to birds that are fledging. If a bird gets one or two seeds on it, it flies off and disperses the seeds far from the parent tree. But if a fledgling bird gets too many seeds on it, it will become unable to fly and starve, providing nutrients for the tree's roots.
- Sundews are carnivorous plants that produce sticky drops that resemble dew on the plant (hence the name). Insects that touch the drops get trapped and eaten.
- Anyone who assembles models that need to be glued together will have experienced at least one incident of gluing pieces of the model to themselves, gluing their fingers together, gluing their fingers to other parts of their body, or gluing themselves to the table or workbench they use.